|Practical Wave Flying
Author: Mark Palmer
From Bob Wander's "Gliding Mentor" series
Paperback, 80 pages, black and white photographs and illustrations
Dimensions: 8.43 x 10.87 inches (214 x 276 mm), Copyright 2003, 2004,
Table of Contents
About the Authors
Teaches the techniques and equipment needed to make mountain wave
Wave forecasting, pre-flight preparation, personal equipment, oxygen
systems, medical factors and hazards of altitude and cold, emergency
planning, aerotow hazards and techniques, notching after tow release,
maximum performance wave climbs, orientation and navigation, normal and
emergency descents, cross country techniques in wave conditions, and
approaches and landings are all covered in this book.
Practical Wave Flying is mainly based on my experiences at Black Forest
Gliderport in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I spent many exciting and fun
years there. As an instructor at Black Forest in the late 70's and early
80's, it became apparent that there was no single source of information
that a pilot could turn to concerning mountain wave. It turned out that
there was plenty of information out there; most pilots, however, just
didn't know where to go to find it. The purpose of Practical Wave Flying
is to draw together information from various sources into one place.
The original edition of Practical Wave Flying was published in 1983.
While it was well received, it had two shortcomings: The lack of
information on forecasting wave and the minimal mention of cross country
in wave. This Third Edition covers both topics.
The biggest thanks of all go to my wife, Alice, for being my dedicated
proofreader and critic.
Greenwood Village, Colorado, September 2002